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Chromagrion conditum
Aurora Damsel

(Hagen in Selys, 1876)
Coenagrionidae, Pond Damsel Family
photo of Male aurora damsel
Male aurora damsel — Dan Jackson
Status-Global/State:
Global: G5 Wisconsin: S3S4
Distinguishing Characteristics:
This black and blue damselfly is distinguished by the bright yellow marks on the lower sides of thorax. Its wings are partly spread when perched, which is a distinct characteristic from other damselflies in this family. The female's pattern is similar to the male's, but light brown to gray compared to blue in the male. The length of the body varies from 1.2 to 1.5 inches.
Description of Habitat/Range:
Known throughout eastern United States and parts of Canada, this species is usually found at small,vegetated, spring-fed brooks and streams, swamps, spring pools, and clean ponds or lakes. This damselfly does not move much in its adult stage and it is common throughout Wisconsin.
Flight Season:
Late May to late July in Wisconsin.
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photo of Male aurora damsel
Male aurora damsel — Dan Jackson
photo of Male aurora damsel
Male aurora damsel — Dan Jackson
photo of Close-up of male aurora damsel thorax
Close-up of male aurora damsel thorax — Dan Jackson
photo of Side (top image) and top view of male aurora damsel cercus
Side (top image) and top view of male aurora damsel cercus — Dan Jackson
photo of Aurora damsel pair
Aurora damsel pair — Dan Jackson
photo of Aurora damsel pair
Aurora damsel pair — Dan Jackson
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